The NFL Trade Deadline is within a week, which means some key players will be on the move. One of the players who has been involved in trade rumors is Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots. Here are the five potential trade destinations for Stephon Gilmore.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers haven’t had a good secondary for a long time. While their safeties are solid, they could still use some upgrades at the corner position. Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis have played the best football of their careers, but beyond that the Bucs could improve.
Tampa Bay has started to really shine over the last few weeks. They have a legit shot to win a Super Bowl this season, so they need to add any players to help them achieve that goal. The Bucs have already added Antonio Brown, so adding Gilmore to their secondary could be a move to really help them achieve their goals.
2. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle does not have the defense they once did. They lack a pass rush and their secondary is far from the “Legion of Boom” days. Russell Wilson is carrying the offense, but the defense has to step up if they want to win a Super Bowl this season.
Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar are solid corners, even if they haven’t been at their best this season. Gilmore though, is one of the best players in the NFL and would be an upgrade anywhere. With Gilmore, Griffin and Dunbar, the Seahawks’ pass defense would vastly improve.
3. Tennessee Titans
The Titans figured to have a good defense and secondary this year, but it hasn’t panned out. Adoree Jackson got hurt just before the season started, which changed their plans. Jonathan Joseph was signed and is playing well, but they still aren’t playing well.
Mike Vrabel is no stranger to adding players who used to play for the Patriots, as the Titans already have Malcolm Butler on the roster. Gilmore is one of the best in the game and would ensure that the pass defense improved for the Titans. His coverage could also help the Titans’ pass rush start producing.
4. Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas has a 3-3 record right now, but with some improvements they could be an even bigger threat to make the playoffs. Their defense ranks near the bottom of the NFL in passing yards allowed. If they have any real hopes of competing, the Raiders should be heavily involved in this year’s trade market.
The Raiders haven’t had a player in their secondary play extraordinarily well all season. Adding Gilmore wouldn’t fix all of the Raiders’ issues, but he would make a huge impact on that defense. With Gilmore, the Raiders would greatly increase their chances of making the playoffs.
5. Detroit Lions
While they are just 3-3 after beating two bad teams in a row, the Lions showed they still wanted to compete this year with the acquisition of Everson Griffen. That will help, but they could still add more if they want to try to win this season. They allow 248.7 passing yards per game, which needs to be improved.
Matt Patricia has added several former Patriots to his defense. Gilmore would be the best of them all and could help the Lions make the playoffs. Detroit already has Desmond Trufant and Jeffrey Okudah, but if they want to win, they won’t pass up a chance to get Gilmore as well. Especially with teams using the nickel and dime formations more frequently these days.
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